13 items from 2015
Last week, superhero fans got the news they've been waiting several years for, with Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures solidifying a deal that finally brings Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The official announcement revealed that the new Spidey will be introduced in an upcoming Marvel movie, which, according to several different reports is Captain America: Civil War, before a brand new stand alone Spider-Man adventure, produced by Marvel's Kevin Feige and Sony's Amy Pascal, which is set for release on July 28, 2017.
As you may well know, late last year, when thousands of internal documents were leaked from the Sony hack, some of those documents gave us a glimpse into Sony's plans for the web-crawler, which are well worth examining once more, now that the deal has gone through after several months of negotiations. While some of these details have since been confirmed others have not, so we'll have to »
New York - Monday night's announcement that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios had come to an agreement to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (aka the "Avengers" Universe) set Hollywood and movie fans into a tizzy over the possibilities. Spider-Man had been, effectively, on his own island since Sony controlled the big screen rights to the Web Slinger. Now, he can join his fellow "Avengers" in whatever cinematic adventures that might bring. What many fans might not realize is that Spider-Man has only been an Avenger in the Marvel Comic Book Universe for about 10 years. Moreover, Spidey wasn't the only big name to join these "new" Avengers at the time. The Avengers also brought a major mutant force, Wolverine, into the fold. Everyone's favorite "X-Men" member is part of a third Marvel Mutant Universe controlled by 20th Century Fox. The chances of Fox making a deal with Marvel Studios »
- Gregory Ellwood
After Sony attempted to reboot its “Spider-Man” franchise with Andrew Garfield as the web slinger, the studio is ready to give it a third try, this time with Kevin Feige, the man who has produced 10 consecutive blockbusters for Marvel Studios.
A deal to free up Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel cinematic universe, starting in 2017, is a clear admission by Sony that its superhero strategy with one of the most popular comicbook heroes around simply isn’t working.
That’s especially true at a time when the studio is desperate for some major film franchises. Struggling with one of the comicbook industry’s most popular superheroes was starting to get embarrassing — especially when “Guardians of the Galaxy,” starring a cast of misfits unknown to most moviegoers, broke out as a bigger hit in 2014 than the last “Spider-Man” movie when it made $774 million. “The Amazing Spider Man 2″ earned nearly $709 million worldwide. »
- Marc Graser
It could take several months at the minimum before the post-Pascal priorities come into focus. And of course much depends on who her successor turns out to be. If Pascal’s top lieutenant, SPE Motion Picture Group president Doug Belgrad, gets the gig as many expect, there could be minimal changes to the line-up.
Pascal will remain in place through May, at which point she will segue to a producing deal at Sony. Besides Belgrad, other possible replacements from within are former Fox studio chief Tom Rothman, who runs TriStar Pictures; and Columbia Pictures Production President Michael De Luca, who »
- Dave McNary and Justin Kroll
Another Super Bowl has come and gone – my congratulations to the New England Patriots, and my sympathies to the Seattle Seahawks. But for cinephiles like me, the main draw of the Big Game is the new TV spots for upcoming movies. This year, there were a staggering fourteen movie spots shown during Super Bowl Xlix, and in this edition of Trailer Trashin’, I’ll give you my quick takes on some of them.
Premise: With S.H.I.E.L.D. destroyed and the Avengers needing a hiatus from stopping threats to humanity, Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) attempts to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program with Ultron (James Spader), a self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence. But the plan backfires when Ultron decides that humans are the real enemy and sets out to eradicate them from the Earth, and it is up to Iron Man, Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans »
- Timothy Monforton
"...'Clint Barton', orphaned at an early age, escaped the orphanage with his older brother 'Barney' falling in with a traveling circus.
"Needing food and shelter, Clint and Barney decided to work for the performers.
"Two performers, 'Swordsman' and 'Trickshot', saw potential in Clint and took him under their wing. Trickshot taught Clint archery while Swordsman taught Clint acrobatics and knife throwing.
"One night Clint overheard that a great sum of money had been stolen from the ringmaster the night before. He finds out it was stolen by the Swordsman.
"Swordsman was quick to offer Clint a »
- Michael Stevens
"I have a multi-picture deal," said Kretschmann, "which means I will not only appear in the 2nd part, but they're planning with me for a longer period of time..."
'Baron Wolfgang von Strucker', a former Third Reich officer, is one of the leaders of 'Hydra', an enemy of 'S.H.I.E.L.D.', the 'Avengers and the interests of the free world in general. He has been physically augmented to be nearly ageless and seemingly killed in the past only to return to plague the world with schemes of world domination.
Strucker is a skilled hand-to-hand combatant, swordsman and marksman. He is also »
- Michael Stevens
It’s an embarrassment of riches for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (McU), dear readers. Hot on the heels of last week’s examination of the Ant-Man teaser trailer, this week’s Trailer Trashin’ looks at what will probably be the biggest movie of summer 2015, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Premise: With S.H.I.E.L.D. destroyed and the Avengers needing a hiatus from stopping threats, Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) attempts to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program with Ultron (James Spader), a self-aware, self-teaching, artificial intelligence. But the plan backfires when Ultron decides that humans are the real enemy and sets out to eradicate them from the Earth, and it is up to Iron Man, Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Bruce Banner/The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), along with support from Nick Fury »
- Timothy Monforton
Welcome To Issue 78!
If This Is Your First Time Here: Welcome! This is my weekly column where I talk about superhero movie news, rumors and speculation.
It seems a lot of you are excited about the possibility of Spider-Man rejoining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and rightly so. I’ve been tweeted at, e-mailed and asked directly a whole bunch of detailed questions about how/when/if Spider-Man is making the move, and I can’t get more detailed at the moment.
Here’s why: the stuff I’m hearing is not coming from the rumored “Spider-Man” summit, so I don’t know if it occurred or what the subject matter will be. Marvel has plans as to how it is going to use Spider-Man moving forward and »
Readers of Jonathan Hickman’s recent Avengers and New Avengers storylines have seen it before: the incursion. Parallel universes from Marvel’s cosmology intersect. Two different Earths are put on a collision course with one another. The heroes of each Earth have eight hours to figure things out before the big impact that would wipe out both universes. Comic book chaos ensues.
If you’ve enjoyed Hickman’s take on universe crossovers, then you’ll want to be first in line for what Marvel has in store with their rebooted Secret Wars. At a press conference held today at New York City’s Midtown Comics, Senior Vice President and Executive Editor at Marvel, Tom Brevoort, along with Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, announced that the previously revealed Battleworld setting of the upcoming Secret Wars will combine the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe. Wildly different depictions of Marvel characters like Spider-Man, Wolverine, »
- Derek Anderson
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, Agent Carter, Daredevil, Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League, The Flash, Arrow, The Atom, Vixen, Supergirl, Gotham, Constantine, Batman Vs. Robin, Heroes Reborn and more…
It’s the 200th Week in Spandex and so we’ll start it off with the most-anticipated superhero movie of 2015 as Marvel Studios gave us another look at their first movie offering of the year with the release of a second trailer for Joss Whedon’s hotly-anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, which you can watch here if you were living under a rock this week and somehow missed it. Meanwhile, Marvel Entertainment has previewed its April Movie Variant »
- Gary Collinson
It’s not even halfway through January, dear readers, and we’ve already seen trailers for many of the year’s big movies. Such is the case with this week’s Trailer Trashin’ column, which examines our first look at Marvel’s upcoming July release Ant-Man.
Premise: Petty thief Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must aid his mentor Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) in safeguarding the mystery of the Ant-Man technology – which allows its user to decrease in size but increase in strength – from various new threats, and plot a heist that will save the world.
My take: It’s been a long, strange journey to the silver screen for Marvel’s size-changing hero Ant-Man. Marvel Studios began developing the project way back in 2006, when they hired English filmmaker Edgar Wright – the man who brought us Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), and The World’s »
- Timothy Monforton
Time and again, Ultron has reformed himself. Each time more vicious and destructive than the last. Today, he has returned, unleashing his destructive fury upon Saturn’s moon Titan – home of the superpowered race of Eternals and birthplace of Thanos the Mad. With the Eternals decimated, and Ultron gaining complete control over Titan’s central computer core, there is nothing to stop Planet Ultron! “The Avengers mostly contend either with the foes of their individual members, such as Loki, or teams of villains such as the Masters of Evil,” says Svp, Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “But as a group, they have only two discrete villains of note: Kang and Ultron. So whenever you embark on a story featuring either of them, it needs to be a very strong and important story indeed. Avengers: Rage Of Ultron is such a story, both going back to the formative days of Ultron’s existence, »
13 items from 2015
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